"When Windows users say that Windows 7 is easier to install than
ever, what do they really mean? When they say it's faster, is it
just in their heads, or is Microsoft really making big strides
forward? And, perhaps most importantly, when Linux benchmarkers
show us how screamingly fast ext4 is compared to ext3, how well do
those figures actually transfer to end users?
"These are the questions we wanted to answer, so we asked Dell
to provide us with a high-spec machine to give all the operating
systems room to perform to their max. Our test machine packed an
Intel Core i7 920, which in layman's terms has four cores running
at 2.67GHz with hyperthreading and 8MB of L3 cache. It also had 6GB
of RAM, plus two 500GB of hard drives with 16MB of cache.
"The tests we wanted to perform for each operating system
"* How long does each operating system take to install?
* How much disk space was used in the standard install?
* How long does boot up and shutdown take?
* How long does it take to copy files from USB to HD, and from HD
* How fast can it execute the Richards benchmark?
"We also, just for the heck of it, kept track of how many mouse
clicks it took to install each OS."